House, Senate release budgets

The House and Senate have released their respective budgets. The good news is that there are no proposed cuts to hospitals in either budget.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Bills moving to the opposite house, harmful bills that have been stopped

Wednesday, February 14 was the cutoff for bills to be voted out of their house of origin and move to the opposite house for consideration. If a policy bill did not pass its house of origin, it is technically dead. Because bills can be amended, nothing is truly dead until the legislature adjourns. ... Read More >>

After the first cutoff: Bills still alive

It was an exciting week leading up to Friday’s cutoff for bills to be voted out of their original policy committee. To make it easy, we’ve listed all of the major bills we’ve been tracking. ... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: State charity care law improvements, informed consent, Ricky’s law and more

We are rapidly approaching the first cutoff of the year February 2. As a result, a lot of policy bills are getting hearings this week, and committee executive sessions are hard at work.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Funding for CHIP, collection of involuntarily detained patient information, telemedicine parity

WSHA's focus this week includes the State Children's Health Insurance Program, collection of involuntarily detained patient information, telemedicine parity and student loan repayment for rural physicians.... Read More >>

Flurries of filings and hearings

Bills continue to be written, introduced, revised and scheduled at a rapid pace. This week, we will testify on bills related to appropriate weapons policy, partnerships and affiliations and more.... Read More >>

Session begins!

The 2018 legislative session begins today, but WSHA has been preparing for months. It’s a short session, but WSHA still has a strong agenda for advancing health care.... Read More >>

Analysis of the Governor’s supplemental budget

Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget yesterday. This budget adds about $1 billion to fund basic education, but the governor also highlighted opioid use, emergency preparedness and mental health services as priorities.... Read More >>

Governor’s supplemental budget released

Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget today. This budget adds about $1 billion to fund basic education, but the governor also highlighted opioid use, emergency preparedness and mental health services as priorities. ... Read More >>

WSHA’s 2017 state Legislative Summary is now available

The summary is being printed and mailed as we speak, but you don't need to wait to read the electronic copy. The summary is 20 pages and includes state policy and budget issues for both WSHA and AWPHD.... Read More >>

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